Mount Saint Mary College student pleads guilty to sexual abuse
A student at Mount Saint Mary College in Newburgh who was charged with rape has pleaded guilty to lesser charges
The Orange County District Attorney's office says Anthony Pennachio, 19, of Brooklyn pleaded guilty to third degree sexual abuse in connection with an incident that happened during a party at the college last February.
He was sentenced to 80 hours of community service.
According to published reports, the rape charge was dismissed after Pennachio's lawyer produced a recorded conversation between his client and the victim in which they argued over whether she gave him consent.
The judge continued an order of protection against the victim.